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Old 11-10-2007, 05:32 PM   #16
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Hardwired Smoke Detector question


Of course now we can bring up the topic of AFCI breakers since the smokes reside in the bedrooms.

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Old 11-10-2007, 05:40 PM   #17
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Of course, you solve this problem by putting the "first" smokie (the one with the feed) in a bedroom and go from there.
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Old 11-10-2007, 07:34 PM   #18
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Since you are replacing all of the smoke alarms, use the same brand. Note the installation guidelines as to distance from walls, ceilings, corners. Note that there is a limit to the number of alarms that can be interconnected. Get alarms with a hush button and a 10 year battery. In Oreogn, that is a requirement. Home Cheapo, a devision of China, inc, tends to ignore that requirement. An earlier poster said the red wire is the interconnect, some alarms use an orange wire or yellow wire. Make sure the power is off before playing with electricity.

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Old 11-10-2007, 08:10 PM   #19
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Fireguy, you are correct. On the smokie "pigtail" often the wires are yellow, red, or orange.

On the 14/3 or 12/3 branch circuit used to interconnect the smokies, the red wire in used for the interconnection, the black wire is the hot and the white is the neutral.

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